Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Table Fit for Fall ...

Editor's note: For some reason this did not show up when posted On Tuesday. However, you now have lots of time to plan and use it for Christmas parties, celebrations and gifts!! We decided to use both runners!! 

2 hours ... 2 table runners. This is the story ...

I have a love/hate relationship with stripes. I love quilts with a stripe border, but it is sooooo tedious lining up edges, sewing all those strips together, then cutting, sewing again, etc. I've started a few times, and then get bored and then end up putting it aside. So when I came time to make a Fall table topper for our family gathering this year, I thought I'd try a different method. 

I decided to use Quiltsmart's Watercolor 1 1/2-inch Fusible Interfacing to make a holiday table runner for Prince Charming's family gathering, once I did the math, I realized it could make 2 complete runner.

First I cut 4 1/2 x 22 1/2 inch strips and lined them up in repeating fashion. I was making 7-foot runner, so I cut 20 total strips. (Just divide your total length by 4 inches to get number of strips.)

Then I flipped and stitched each row where the fabric edges met from top to bottom (so every third block on the grid). I did not go back from left to right. Instead, I used the grids to the 7-foot long sewn strips into three rectangles at 7 1/2-inches wide. (Each was 5 grid squares wide looking at the back.

Lastly, for one runner I took two of those panels and sewed them to either side of a 10 1/2 inch strip of strips fabric. For the second runner I took the third panel and sewed a 5-inch strip of fabric to the top and bottom of the strips fabric.The I just added backing and binding (not shown).

Two hours, and two table runners. I'm sure it will take less than that time to make a shorted or even single runner, but I was delighted to make one for myself as well. I'm so excited to take them to my husband's aunt's today to see which one she'd like ... or maybe we'll use both. We'll start cooking tomorrow and there is always a lot of food. It fills both the table and counter. 

Update: What a great celebration our family had today. I am already looking forward to our next get together!

Until our next cup of tea ...

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